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Xu Qin (Ph.D., 2018, Department of Comparative Human Development University of Chicago) is the recipient of the 2019 AERA Division D: Outstanding Dissertation Award. The title of her dissertation is “Causal Mediation Analysis in Multisite Trials with an Evaluation of the Job Corps Program.”

Dr. Qin was previously a Quantitative Methods in Human Development and Education Predoctoral Fellow (2012-2017), a Spencer/NAEd Dissertation Fellow (2017-2018), and a Committee on Education (COE) Fellow. She was a recipient of a Student Paper Award from the American Statistical Association in 2016. She is currently a tenure-stream Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation committee members included Guanglei Hong (Chair), Don Hedeker, Stephen Raudenbush and Margaret Beale Spencer.

To qualify for this dissertation award competition, the dissertation may be focused on AERA Division D Section 1: Educational Measurement, Psychometrics, and Assessment, Section 2: Quantitative Methods and Statistical Theory, Section 3: Qualitative Research Methods, and Section 4: Multi-Method and Mixed Methods and must be completed during the 2016-2018 academic years. There is only one recipient of this award each year at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting.